Linnea Olsson's Debut Album AH! Out Now on Gotterfunk Productions
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Gotterfunk Productions releases Swedish cellist, Linnea Olsson's, debut U.S. album, Ah! Olsson will support Ah! with a U.S. tour this coming February alongside longtime friend and collaborator Ane Brun. Olsson's first string of stateside solo dates includes stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.
Ah! is an album assembled entirely from Olsson's voice, her cello, and in one song a darbuka makes an appearance. The darbuka is a Middle Eastern goblet drum that Olsson discovered through her good friend (and producer of the album) Fredrik "Gicken" Johannson. Throughout the release the two elements of cello and voice are warped and bent by the delay modeler and loop station that Olsson cherishes as integral parts of her music. "I abuse delay," she says. "It is my favorite effect of all time."
Of writing the album Olsson says, "I sat down with the cello and it was a bit like a flood. I wrote all the songs for the album during a very intense and short period of time." After this fruitful and solitary writing and recording period, in between touring with fellow Scandinavian artists Ane Brun and Frida Hyvönen, Olsson asked Johannson to mix and help with the finishing touches on what is now know as the album Ah!.
Olsson grew up in Halmstad, Sweden with parents who were both musicians. She began cello lessons at age six and sang in choirs at a young age. "Music is a part of my life, like love or food or air, really," Olsson says. The pivotal moment came when Olsson was performing at a wedding at 14, when she used the "pop" singing voice she'd only ever practiced in front of the mirror. Soon after, Olsson was forming bands with her friends to play the music she wanted to play.
Linnea Olsson's US tour dates are as follows: February 11 at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA; February 12 at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY; February 13 at L'Astral in Montreal, QC; February 14 at Rivoli in Toronto, ON; February 15 at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL; February 17 at Electric Owl in Vancouver, BC; February 18 at Crocodile Lounge in Seattle, WA; February 19 at Yoshis in San Francisco, CA; February 21 at Cashbah in San Diego, CA; and February 22 at The Mint in Los Angeles, CA.